Category Manager

Supply Chain Grand Rapids, Michigan


Description

Position at Knape and Vogt

Job Description Summary 

The Category Manager is responsible for category management and strategic sourcing. Responsible for establishing the enterprise-wide category plan and leading sourcing events at global, regional, and business unit levels, as applicable. This individual will leverage their knowledge of world class best practices in order to present market opportunities to internal customers and guide sourcing decisions. Working together with operations, strategic sourcing, sales and product management, the Category Manager will ensure Knape & Vogt is purchasing the right solutions from the right suppliers with the right terms and conditions, in support of our production and sales goals. The Category Manager reports to the Director of Strategic Sourcing & Planning. 

The duties and responsibilities of the position will consist of, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Category strategy development
  • Manage cost reduction and inventory reduction activities
  • Act as sourcing lead for assigned categories with the product engineering and operations teams
  • Negotiate best total cost, terms and conditions
  • Set strategic supply chain plan for each category
  • Identify and optimize supply chains for new and existing products and services
  • Specific sourcing expertise managing and negotiating major solutions
  • Works with internal stakeholders on current and future IT objectives
  • Partners closely with Business Units, to negotiate supplier agreements
  • Converts potential projects into actionable sourcing events; drives people and processes to successful, timely completion
  • Creates request for information (RFI), request for proposal (RFP), and other sourcing materials to develop and maintain leverage with potential and current suppliers
  • Generates savings through various sourcing techniques including contract negotiations, demand management, supplier consolidation, and innovation
  • Research industry trends to stay aware of emerging opportunities, evolving supplier capabilities, and best practices for sourcing
  • Creates an annual Category Strategy that examines the market, supplier offerings, current and future needs, and aligns with stakeholders on 1-year to 3-year plans
  • Works with other groups on contract development including Legal, Finance, IT, etc.
  • Ensures compliance with company policies, procedures and regulatory requirements
  • Assists with developing, maintaining, and enforcing Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • Serves as point of escalation for commercial and contractual supplier issues
  • Provides regular updates on project status and opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned
Competencies:
  • Customer Focus
  • Decision Quality
  • Results, Action Oriented
  • Displaying Technical Expertise
  • Time Management
  • Safety Conscious
  • Learning Quickly
Requirements:
  • Work Experience: 3 years of Strategic Sourcing related experience in a manufacturing environment including managing suppliers and contracts
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain/Sourcing, Finance, or engineering
  • Computer Skills: Ability to use Microsoft programs like Word and Excel, ERP Systems; intermediate to advanced Excel skills
  • Organizational Skills: Proven ability to handle multiple priorities efficiently and effectively with attention to detail
  • Communication Skills: Ability to communicate effectively across a diverse customer-base; good verbal and written communication skills and good interpersonal skills with ability to deal with individuals at all levels, both inside and outside the organization
  • Physical, Mental and Visual Skills: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disability to perform the essential functions; While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, talk, hear and use fingers and hands
  • Physical Environment: Normal office environment; manufacturing and warehouse environment and exposure to moving equipment
Preferred Requirements: 
  • Work Experience: 5 years of experience in Strategic Sourcing
  • Education: Advanced degree in Supply Chain or business
  • Language: Bi-lingual English & Spanish
  • Certifications: Supply chain or project management certifications such as APICS, CPIM, CSCP, PMP

KV is a dedicated equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. KV encourages applicants of all ages.